Clean Your Filters…All Of Them!

You don’t have to be an expert at heat pump servicing to clean the filters in the unit. It’s very easy to do, but something that most people don’t do often enough. You really should clean your heat pump filters every one to two months. Of course, we can do it as part of a regular maintenance programme but if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions it is a relatively simple job that you can do yourself. For more complex servicing though, leave it to the experts like us.

While you’re in filter cleaning mode, there are some other ones around the house that could probably do with some attention. Filters are some of the most neglected components in any appliance, but to keep those devices working properly, you need to be more filter-friendly. Here are a few filters for you to check right now.

  • Rangehood filter. Over time, the filter in your rangehood will become clogged and stop doing its job of drawing in cooking fumes and odours, toxic chemicals, smoke, steam, and grease. The filter should be cleaned every few months and replaced every couple of years. However, most people never clean their filters and that might be why cooking smells in your kitchen linger more than they should.
  • Vacuum cleaner. Filters should be cleaned often – every time you empty the cleaner is a good idea. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to do it – like heat pump filters, it’s an easy job. Replacing the filter with a new one occasionally is a good idea as well because older filters, no matter how often you clean them, may cause the appliance to lose suction and even throw dust back into the air, and onto the floor you’re trying to clean!
  • Dishwasher. Some dishwashers automatically grind food particles so they wash away but they can be noisy. That’s why many “quiet” dishwashers have manual filters that you need to clean yourself. They should be cleaned every month or so, depending on how often you use your dishwasher. If you don’t, those food particles, as well as grime and debris are circulated back through the appliance and onto the dishes you want to clean – that’s hardly a gold standard in hygiene.
  • Dehumidifiers. Most dirty filters in your dehumidifier can be cleaned quickly rather than replaced. This will improve your air quality and the machine’s performance. It is especially important to do if humidity levels rise above 50% as this can lead to the growth of dust mites, mildew, and mould on your filter.
  • Air purifier. Most late-model air purifiers have an indicator that tells you that the filter should be checked and even replaced. You can wipe down most prefilters, but the main HEPA filter should be replaced about every six to 12 months, or as the owner’s manual advises.

Think of what other things you have around the home containing filters – the drinking water system in your fridge and your clothes dryer are just two of them. By making sure filters are clean or replaced regularly, the appliance will continue to work well and, in most cases, you’ll create a healthier environment in your home. If you have any questions about heat pump filters or anything to do with your unit, contact us and we’ll answer all your questions.   

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